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Administrative Law Fundamentals

This four-part, interactive course provides junior government lawyers with an overview of key administrative law principles to support sound decision-making.

CPD eligibility: 4 points

Course outline

The course outline is below or you can download the flyer.

Part one: Administrative law concepts (1 hour)

  • Power: constraints and preconditions.
  • Discretion: its scope and limits.
  • The concept of a decision.
  • Consequences of unlawfulness.
  • Merits and judicial review.

Part two: Lawful decision-making (1 hour)

  • Legal reasonableness.
  • Relevant and irrelevant considerations.
  • Evidence and knowledge.
  • States of mind.
  • Procedural fairness.
  • The rule against bias.
  • Misfeasance in Public Office.
  • Susceptibility to judicial review.

Part three: Legislation (1 hour)

  • Basic features of legislation.
  • Hierarchy of norms: primary and subordinate legislation; other laws; policy.
  • Legislative instruments: drafting tips and traps.
  • Mechanics of legislative change: commencement, application, transitional and savings provisions.
  • Delegated authority.

Part four: Statutory interpretation (1 hour)

  • Key principles of statutory interpretation.
  • Understanding the scope of statutory powers, functions and duties.
  • Case study: an interactive group exercise of working through a statutory interpretation problem.


$790 plus GST per person.  (Note: minimum numbers apply)

2024 Course Dates

Course dates coming soon.

To register for the session please email or enter your details in the form below.

Organisational training

This course can also be delivered on site within your Agency or organisation. Please email for more details.

Bernadette Rayment
Bernadette Rayment
t: +61 2 9373 1480+61 2 9373 1480
m: +61 403 501 079+61 403 501 079
o: Sydney
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